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not secret. when ambassador stevens was moving from tripoli to benghazi, he was doing public events. his schedule was known ahead of time. so i have a perhaps a different perspective because in libya right now, there are militias that are both internal and external. the whole eastern part of libya right now is under the control of islamic extremists, east of benghazi. there are towns where the government has not control where extremists have gained a foothold and there's no way of knowing whether they're domestic or foreign. >> eliot: even though there has been a democratic process in libya, there is a government which we obviously recognize and have somewhat cordial relationships with, the actual capacity of the government to control the way we think of government control and territory is limited especially as you say in the eastern part. >> there are consistent attacks that have been undertaken in libya against the government by elements of rem nines of a gadhafi regime, islamic extremists. there have been power outa
the more ef of ambassador stevens death in benghazi. of course, the president was doing no such thing. he was delicately owning that no revolution or dynamic of overturn autocratic regimes proceeds along a straight line. the trajectory is one of gains and setbacks but one hopes in the long run forward progress toward the type of democratic regimes we hope to see emerge. indeed president obama's speech today at the united nations was an eloquent message on that very topic. the need for that trajectory to proceed in the correct direction the universal value of tolerance and respect for free speech. the president's speech spoke to high-minded principles and the delicacy of diplomacy all at once. mitt romney, on the other hand, has continued to respond with baseless critiques that are more befitting a poorly researched high school debate. the reason the romney campaign at the end of the day is stumbling so seriously is that mitt can't quite figure out what he believes and even if he knew, he wouldn't be able to summon the courage
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